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FXUS62 KRAH 241955

Area Forecast Discussion
National Weather Service Raleigh NC
355 PM EDT MON OCT 24 2016

A dry cold front will move across central North Carolina this
afternoon and evening. High pressure will extend into the region
tonight and persist through late Wednesday. A cold front will drop
southeast across the Mid Atlantic on Thursday.


.NEAR TERM /through tonight/...
As of 320 PM Monday...

The incoming cold front is on pace to drop SSE through NC through
the remainder of the afternoon into early-mid evening hours.
Expansive high pressure centered over north central Canada will then
extend SE post-front, building into the area tonight. A relatively
dry column ahead of and along the front, noted on WV imagery and
upstream soundings from this morning, in tandem with little
substantial forcing for ascent, continues to support a dry frontal
passage with few clouds. Later tonight, the kinematic structure on
forecast soundings (including fast mid-upper level WNW to NW flow)
along with observed patchy upper level moisture upstream over the
Midwest suggest the potential for another rough of orographically
enhanced cirrus over the NC Foothills and western Piedmont late
tonight, and have indicated this with a bit more cloud cover across
the western portion of the forecast area, although confidence is not
high enough in the density of any such clouds and resultant impact
on reducing radiational cooling to adjust lows upward beneath the
cirrus. Apart from a few gusts with and just behind the frontal
passage through mid evening, surface winds should gradually decrease
overnight as they veer to northerly or north-northeasterly. Expect
lows of 40-46 with moderate radiational cooling under mostly clear
skies. -GIH


.SHORT TERM /Tuesday through Wednesday night/...
As of 330 PM Monday...

Quiet and fairly uneventful through mid week. A portion of the
surface ridge settles over central NC and modifies somewhat on Tue,
then is followed by a weak reinforcing boundary dropping southward
through NC Tue evening, and cool Canadian-rooted high pressure
nosing in from the north through Wed. This ridge axis will be capped
by an 850 mb anticyclone which will drift from the Mid South ESE
across the Southeast states through Tue night before shifting off
the coast late Wed. Further aloft, the mid levels will remain
subsident and warming as a large vortex centered over the Canadian
Maritimes and encompassing much of NE NOAM drifts NE and fills with
weakening flow over our region as a shortwave ridge builds in from
the west through Wed. All of this equates to little or no lift or
moisture and a generally weak surface flow. The only issue of
concern is the presence of the chilly ridge axis overhead Tue night
accompanied by clear skies and light winds, fostering radiational
cooling and bringing about the risk of patchy frost. Statistical
guidance has trended slightly cooler in spots, and with otherwise
favorable conditions, will introduce patchy fog over portions of
north central NC with lows in the upper 30s. Otherwise, expect
somewhat cool highs Tue/Wed in the mid-upper 60s. The surface ridge
will then shift east off the coast Wed night with a light return
flow helping to drive surface dewpoints back up through the 40s Wed
night. Lows in the mid-upper 40s with mostly clear skies. -GIH


.LONG TERM /Thursday through Monday/...
As of 350 PM Monday...

Shortwave troughing will extend from south central Canada through
the Great Lakes to the Mid South early Thu, shifting eastward Thu
into Thu night. This will be accompanied by a strong surface low
crossing the Great Lakes (and culminating in a triple point low over
E PA and NJ) Thu through early Fri, and a trailing cold front that
will drop SE through NC Thu night/early Fri. We will briefly be in
the warm sector Thu, which will help drive up thicknesses to near or
just above normal with temps expected to warm up into the upper 60s
to mid 70s. Moisture depth does improve with PW reaching near 1.25",
with decent mid level DPVA and minor upper divergence, although
along-front mass convergence is apt to be small. Will retain chance
pops Thu afternoon, peaking Thu night before departing early Fri
morning. Projected instability appears minimal, and will keep it at
just showers for now. The active northern stream across the north
central and northeast CONUS/Mid-Atlantic persists through the rest
of the week, with the aforementioned trough strengthening to a
closed mid level low over MI Thu before shifting east and off the
Northeast coast by early Sat, and another closed low close on its
heels over the weekend. Another high pressure ridge builds into NC
and overhead through Sat morning before shifting to our SE Sat
afternoon in response to this fast flow. Expect minimal cooling Fri
as the cooler thicknesses barely work into NC, then a warmup back
into the 70s is anticipated Sat as we again get into return flow on
the back side of the departing surface ridge. The next front pushing
in from the north is likely to drop into or through NC on Sun or Sun
night, but this too should be moisture-starved. Expect highs to cool
back down a bit Sun and a bit more Mon, into the 65-70 range. The
way-too-early outlook for Halloween night appears to be dry, with
seasonable to slightly cooler than normal temps. -GIH


As of 205 PM Monday...

High confidence of VFR conditions through the 24 hour TAF period.

A cold front will move southeast across central NC this afternoon
and evening with a cool and dry high pressure center building into
the region overnight and Tuesday. The result will be mainly clear
skies through Tuesday afternoon with just a few wisps of cirrus
clouds at times on Tuesday. Westerly winds at around 10kts with a
few gusts to 15kts this afternoon will become northwest at around 5
to 10kts behind the front through this evening and then veer around
to light northerly tonight and then northeasterly on Tuesday.

looking further ahead... High pressure will extend into the region
through late Wednesday resulting in fair weather. An approaching
cold front on Thursday and the return flow ahead of it could trigger
a few showers and perhaps some early morning low stratus resulting
in a chance of adverse aviation conditions. Fair weather with
perhaps some gusty winds can be expected on Friday and Friday night.





NEAR TERM...Hartfield
SHORT TERM...Hartfield
LONG TERM...Hartfield
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